In Person Services and Gatherings Ahead!
In the next two months, the church is going to experiment with a ‘soft’ re-opening. There will be in person gatherings and services outside, with masks, and physical distancing. There will be no singing. Participants are encouraged to bring their own chairs. Some will also be available at the church.
Here’s what’s coming:
In addition, the weekly guided labyrinth walks will continue on Wednesday mornings at 9:00 a.m. and weekly anti-racism demonstrations will continue on Sunday evenings at 6:00 p.m. All are welcome.
For those who want to remain engaged with the church ‘remotely’, the church will continue to post a weekly Corona Sabbath with a scripture reading, reflection from Rev. Wells, and music from Hilton Jones. Paper copies of the Corona Sabbath and the Update will continue to be sent to those who do not use the internet.
After this period of experimentation, there will be a discussion about how to proceed into the New Year.
All Saints Sunday In-Person Gathering- Nov. 1
All Saints Sunday is Nov. 1. This is a time to remember those we name as saints – living, historical, those who have gone before us. This year, we also want to remember those who have died due to the virus Covid 19 and the virus of racism. The church is planning a special gathering outside with physical distancing and masks, to remember all those who have died of Covid-19 along with those we name as saints. The prayer gathering will be at 10:30 a.m. near the Memorial Garden. Participants will be invited to share the names of saints as well as those who have died from Covid-19 and those who have died from racism. This can include someone you know or someone you have heard about or a public figure of importance to you. If you can, bring a chair. It will be a sacred time to pause, remember, and give thanks.
Holiday/Holy Day Zoom Thursday at 7
There will be a second Zoom Thursday, Oct. 29 at 7:00 p.m. to continue the discussion about plans for the holidays/holy days at church. Many thanks to those who participated in the gathering two weeks ago. Many thoughtful ideas were shared. At this next gathering, planning will be continued. To join the Zoom, use this link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/2700683648 or call 1-929-205-6099.
Advisors to Meet
The advisors are meeting on Sunday at 9:30. If you have something you would like to be on the agenda, please contact one of the advisors: Jane Diven, Patti Cooksey, Lucille Ruga, Malcolm Wells, Olivia Gibson.
Church Office to Re-Open!
Beginning in November, the Church Office will be open again on a regular basis. Office administrator, Gabi Paxton, will be at church Tuesday – Friday mornings from 9:30-noon. Please feel free to stop by with donations for Maximo or Operation Attack or to take care of other things at church.
The church expresses gratitude for the precious life of Elinor Ross who entered life eternal on Thursday, October 15. Elinor slept away peacefully at her daughter, Cheryl’s, home. Prayers and condolences for Elinor’s family and many friends!
Offering Up the Election
There is much concern about the upcoming election. Pastor Kim Wells spoke to someone from the church family recently who indicated that everyone is consumed by the election. They are not thinking about what is going on at church.
Seems like what is needed is space to give the election up to God in prayer. Monday, Nov. 2 at 6:00 p.m. there will be a special outdoor prayer gathering for the election. This will be a time to release our anxiety and fears and offer them to God. It will be a time to remember that our ultimate trust is not in human rulers or institutions but in God. Bring a chair if you can.
On Tuesday, Nov. 3, the polls close at 7:00 p.m. Before you watch the results, center your spirit with a labyrinth walk. This walk at 7:00 p.m. will be specifically oriented toward centering on love, goodness, and peace.
Four years ago, there was a meeting at church on election night. After the meeting before heading home, Pastor Kim Wells walked the labyrinth at church. Then she went home to watch the election results emerge. She seemed much less distraught than others seemed to be in the ensuing days. She attributes this to walking the labyrinth. “I can’t tell you how it works or what happened, but I believe that somehow walking the labyrinth calmed my spirit.” So, four years later, Kim invites others to join her for a labyrinth walk on election night at 7:00 p.m.
There will also be the weekly labyrinth walk on Wednesday morning, Nov. 4 at 9:00 a.m. All are welcome!
Let’s Make Beautiful Music Videos Together!
For the Thanksgiving music video, please submit pictures of things that you are thankful for. The deadline is Sunday, November 8.
In these days of high anxiety, stress, and fear, we must take every opportunity to celebrate! The gift of life is amazing and mysterious. We have been given the gift of living in interesting times. Well, what times are not interesting if you are paying attention? Let us celebrate with joy!
Please email pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org
VOTE– ELECTION DAY IS NOV. 3
LIFT EVERY VOICE AND VOTE!
If you would like any assistance with voting, please contact the church office at 727-867-7961 or email at email@example.com. There are people in the congregation eager to help!
CHANGE YOUR CLOCKS
Just a reminder of the time change this weekend. Fall back Saturday night!
Operation Attack Update from Ian
Operation Attack is having a drive-by pick up for the people they’re serving. I know due to covid it might be hard to donate goods but these are a few of OA’s requests:
Buy Cereal, Peanut Butter, Pasta, Pasta Sauce, or canned meat Buy diapers and wipes, sizes Newborn – 6
Donations may be delivered to the church on Wednesday mornings from 9-10 and Sunday evenings from 6-6:30. Please call the church to make other arrangements if needed.
Volunteers are needed to pre-bag food before the Drive-Thrus. Volunteer date ahead- December 12th at Operation Attack at Lakeview Presbyterian Church 1310 22nd Ave S, St. Petersburg, FL 33705.
Thanks, Ian Blair-Catala firstname.lastname@example.org
The post for this week is themed on All Saints Day. The story of the death of Moses provides inspiration. What does it mean to be a saint? How do we recognize saints? How can we be saints? The post will feature Deuteronomy 34:1-12 read by Jim Andrews, a reflection by Rev. Kim Wells, and a music video created by Hilton Jones using pictures of saints submitted by the congregation.
If you missed last week’s Corona Sabbath here’s the link:
Meeting Needs at Maximo Elementary
LUCC’s EDUCATION MINISTRY TEAM and the WESTMINSTER SOCIAL JUSTICE TEAM
have collectively purchased and delivered the following items to Maximo Elementary for the children:
2 dresses~2 jumpers~9 skirts~30 shirts~21 pants~93 briefs~20 cloth masks~50 disposable masks~100 disposable vinyl gloves
In addition to these, checks have been received to purchase more needed supplies.
Thank you EACH and EVERYONE for your love and caring concern for these children.
Side Walk Messaging at Sunday Evening Demonstration Last Sunday
Check out the post of the chalk witness created last Sunday at the anti-racism demonstration.
The weekly demonstration will be beginning at 5 p.m. due to the time change. All are welcome!
Bring a sign or use one that is available. In case of rain, the demonstration will not be held that week. Know justice, know peace!
Weekly Labyrinth Walks Continue
Each Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. a small group gathers at the outdoor labyrinth for a time of devotion, discussion, and meditative walking of the labyrinth. The theme for the week is taken from the Corona Sabbath of the week before, so it is an opportunity to go deeper in the spiritual exploration of that theme for your life. This devotional gathering is outside and physical distancing is maintained. All are welcome!
If there is rain on Wednesday morning, the gathering will be held on Thursday morning at 9:00.
Spiritual Direction Offered by LUCC Clergy Member.
In these troubled times, it is important to find ways to tend to our spiritual lives. In the Christian tradition, Spiritual Direction is one of the ways of paying attention to the spirit in our lives. A Spiritual Director is someone to talk with about what is going on in our spiritual life and in our relationship with God however we may conceive of God.
Rev. Sally Purvis, Ph.D., a member of LUCC, is a retired clergy person with training and experience in Spiritual Direction. She is offering her services as a Spiritual Director to the community. The sessions would be held on Zoom and there is no fee to be paid. Church leaders are pleased to have the ministry of the church expand in this way.
Spiritual Direction with Sally is open to anyone, not just the congregation. And it is offered to everyone whatever their spiritual or religious background or affiliation or lack thereof. Sessions are generally held once every three weeks. Spiritual Direction is not a mode of therapy. It is a process for understanding and deepening your relationship with God/Spirit in ways that are authentic and life-giving.
Sally was trained by Henri Nouwen, a noted spiritual guide of the 20th century, and did Spiritual Direction as part of her professional ministry before retiring in 2015.
The church is very grateful to Sally for offering this avenue of support to the congregation and the community.
USEFUL LAKEWOOD LINKS DURING THE CORONA CRISIS:
- Corona Sabbath Posts
- Sermon and Reflection Texts
- Music at Lakewood
- Lakewood UCC YouTube Channel
- Lakewood UCC on Twitter
- Lakewood on Facebook
- Lakewood on Instagram
- Daily Corona Prayer
For the above church website links, please note the “Older Posts” button near the bottom of each page.
About Hilton’s music. . . If you would enjoy hearing Hilton play more Irish folk songs, you can
listen for free at either https://hiltonjones.bandcamp.com/album/irish-
tunes or https://soundcloud.com/hilton-kean-jones/sets/irish-tunes .
October Birthdays: Janet Blair 10/19, Rick Carr 10/22, Denise Williams 10/25, Olivia Gibson 10/29, and Victoria Long 10/29. Someone missing? Contact the church office with birthday information.
Circle of Concern: Claudia Rodriguez, JoAnn Reid, William Owen, Wilbur Reid, Jen Degroot, Carolyn Moore, Ann Quinn, Maggie Brizendine, Dave Radens, Family and loved ones of Elinor Ross, teachers, students, and school personnel, Vern McKinney, and all healthcare workers and essential workers. All those suffering from COVID-19.
Please keep LUCC member, Olivia Gibson, in your prayers. She is a nurse in a COVID-19 unit in a local hospital. We are grateful for her ministry!
- Midweek Hymn: NCH #488 (591, 607) Be Still My Soul October 28, 2020
- Anti-Racism Demonstration 10/25 October 27, 2020
- Sunday Morning Music: I Will Give My Love an Apple October 25, 2020
- Corona Sabbath 32 COMPASSION Reflection Text October 23, 2020
- Corona Sabbath 32 COMPASSION October 23, 2020
Weekly Update: If you are involved with an activity or event that you would like to share with the LUCC family, please send the information to the Church Office by Tuesday since the Update usually is sent out on Wednesday.